Thursday, February 2, 2012

Takes After Me...

So apparently Griffin is a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to school. Hmmm...I wonder where he gets that from?

Today was his second Kindergarten Conference. I am still in love with his teacher, and so is he :) But she shared that Griffin has a hard time with trying new things for fear of being wrong. For example, if he is asked to try reading a new word, he might say, "I don't know." But when she prompts him to just try and sound it out, most often he can read it. Or when he was being tested last week on sight words, he only got 12/22 correct. But it was only because he didn't attempt them all. If he came to a word that he had to think twice about, he would say, "I don't know." Yet today, when I tested him, he knew all 22. But my test came after a long talk about how it's okay to make mistakes, and that when we learn to read, we don't always get things right. Thankfully his teacher knew that his score wasn't really indicative of his ability. (The next day when he was asked to spell the sight words, he could spell them all).

For now, we just have to work on reiterating the fact that making mistakes is a part of learning.

A lesson I could remember now and again myself :)

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